This refreshing lime soda with strawberries is a perfect summer drink featuring fresh strawberries, lime juice, brown sugar or maple syrup, and an unexpected pinch of black pepper. It’s from food writer and photographer Uyen Luu’s latest book, Vietnamese: Simple Vietnamese Food to Cook at Home
In the recipe’s introduction Luu remembers her first taste of this soda during a childhood birthday in Saigon. Read our full review of Vietnamese Vegetarian by Uyen Luu.
Lime Soda with Strawberries (soda dâu)
- Juice of 4 limes
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar or maple syrup
- 8 strawberries, sliced
- Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
- ice cubes
- 800 ml (28 fl oz / 3½ cups) sparkling water
- ½ lime, sliced into 4 wheels
Crush the lime juice and sugar together with a pestle and mortar. Divide this sugar paste into glasses, then crush the strawberries in the mortar and add these. Add the pepper, ice cubes and sparkling water. Serve immediately with lime wheels perched on the rim and stirrers and/or straws.
Quick and simple to make, this soda is sweet but not too sweet and perfect for when you want something non-alcoholic yet still grown up and delicious.
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Recipe from Vietnamese Vegetarian by Uyen Luu published with permission from Hardie Grant. Book photography by Uyen Luu. Home-cooking photography by Ruthy Jenkins.